FCC Chairman Wheeler Continues Push for E-Rate Modernization, Targets ‘Rural Fiber Gap’
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber
September 29th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency was committed to modernizing the E-rate program. He made the statement in remarks at the 2014 Educational Technology Summit here in Washington. Schools and libraries participating in the FCC’s E-rate program must pay the best rates available for high-speed connectivity. He said the […]
Individuals, Not Corporations Are Key To Regional Economic Development, Argues Cisco Researcher
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
April 22nd, 2010
LAFAYETTE, La., April 22, 2010 – The growth of the internet-connected workplace will force political leaders to re-think the policies needed to foster economic growth, argued Cisco Systems researcher Norman Jacknis Wednesday.
Google Exec: Incumbent Telcos Welcome On Our Gigabit Network
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 22nd, 2010
LAFAYETTE, La., April 22, 2010 – Incumbent communications companies are welcome to set up shop on Google’s experimental super-high speed internet service once it’s up and running, one of the company’s executives said Wednesday during a discussion about rolling out fiber networks.
FiberFete Celebrates City’s Efforts To Build Its Own Information-Age Utility
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
April 20th, 2010
LAFAYETTE, La., April 20, 2010 – To the extent that the city of Lafayette is famous for anything, it’s probably for its cultural status as the throbbing heart of America’s Cajun country. This week, the burg of 120,000 hosts an annual music and performance arts festival that celebrates its Francophone heritage.
Thousands will fly in from all over the world to attend the event. But among them will also be those who are flying in to both celebrate and to share experiences about building ultra-high-speed internet networks. Those people include urban planners, network engineers and policymakers from around the world who are coming to toast Lafayette’s unlikely achievement of building a 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) peer-to-peer broadband network directly to every single business and residential premise within its city limits.
Rural Utilities Service Unveils $310 Million in Stimulus Funds for 14 Projects
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, States
January 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 26, 2010 – The Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service is doling out $310 million in broadband stimulus funds, department Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday.
The monies will be spread throughout 14 projects seeking to bring speedy Internet connections to rural communities in the United States in an effort to lift and grow their economies.
“The awards for these broadband projects will support anchor institutions – such as libraries, public buildings and community centers – that are necessary for the viability of rural communities,” Vilsack said.
Sen. Mary Landrieu Hails Louisiana’s Broadband Mapping Award
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates
December 4th, 2009
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., drew attention this week to her home state’s broadband mapping project that will be funded by money Congress allocated in January to encourage broadband deployment and use. The Louisiana Division of Administration, Office of Information Technology, has been awarded approximately $1.7 million for broadband mapping and planning projects.
NTIA Announces Award for Six More Broadband Mapping Projects
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus
November 30th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – The U.S. government announced Monday that it has awarded millions of dollars to five state entities and one nonprofit organization – Connected Nation – that proposed projects to help collect better data on broadband availability across the country.
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the government agency responsible for taking the lead on broadband data as part of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, announced funding for broadband mapping and planning activities in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
Freedom to Connect Panelists Hopeful About Prospects for 'Smart Grid'
April 1st, 2009
SILVER SPRING, Md., April 1, 2009 – Panelists speaking at the Freedom to Connect conference here on Tuesday hopefully urged the possibility that electrical “smart grids” could bring utilities into competition with incumbent telecommunications companies.